Chris Crockett

Apple Notes: a look at the revamped electronic notebook

by Chris Crockett August 9, 2013

Looking for a good, simple electronic notebook but not convinced that Evernote is right for you? If you’re a Mac user, have you taken a recent look at the updated Apple Notes?  The MacObserver has a great article on how to get the most out of this revamped note-taking application:   The Notes app has […]

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10 Best Practices for Scientific Computing

by Chris Crockett August 1, 2013

Astronomy Computing Today offers 10 Best Practices for Scientific Computing, itself a summary of a paper by Wilson et al.: Best Practices for Scientific Computing. Software is now considered by many as a scientific instrument, and it has assumed the same importance as “telescopes and test tubes”…[however it] is not yet developed, tested and validated with […]

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Better diagrams for your presentations

by Chris Crockett July 17, 2013

Sick of dull, uninformative diagrams on your slides? We’ve added a link to our Presentations Wiki on how to make your diagrams more understandable, efficient, and pleasant. If you remember nothing else, keep this in mind: simplify! Already taken a stab at simplifying? Do it again! And don’t forget, if you have any presentation resources that […]

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How and when to say “no”

by Chris Crockett July 5, 2013

Struggling with too many commitments? You might want to try a powerful and simple time management technique: saying “no”. In this post at GradHacker, Stephanie Hedge offers a list of questions you should ask yourself before before jumping into that next committee:  When someone comes to me asking for a favor, or looking for help […]

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Strategies for improving diversity in the physical sciences

by Chris Crockett July 3, 2013

Despite a variety of efforts at all levels, minority representation in the sciences remains stagnant.  This was one of the take-home-messages at the (relatively) recent American Institute of Physics (AIP) annual Assembly of Society Officers. The assembly is an opportunity for member organizations (e.g., AAS) to come together and discuss common issues of concern. The […]

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The PhD Placement Project

by Chris Crockett June 28, 2013

If you’re considering whether or not grad school is for you, one question you might want answered is: what happens after I graduate? Will I have a job? Where do graduates of a particular program end up going? To that end, the Chronicle of Higher Education is starting a PhD Placement Project: We would like […]

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How should we acknowledge AstroBetter?

by Chris Crockett June 26, 2013

As with any resource, AstroBetter needs a way to measure its impact on the community. Usage metrics are particularly helpful as we apply for grants to help AstroBetter grow. The best that we’ve come up with is to follow the model used by telescopes, data centers, etc: add an acknowledgement! This research has made use […]

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Evernote for scientists: mastering the electronic lab notebook

by Chris Crockett June 24, 2013

Everyone loves Evernote. Okay, not everyone, but it has developed a loyal fan base among the productivity set. Evernote is a note-taking application that allows you to organize and tag information for your projects from a variety of sources: text, web, images, email, and more. The members of the Astronomers Facebook group recently discussed how […]

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New on the wiki: acknowledgements

by Chris Crockett May 17, 2013

Tired of hunting around web pages for how to properly acknowledge a resource in your next paper? Or maybe—if you’re like me—you’re digging through old papers to see how you thanked Keck the last time? Your hunting days are over. The AstroBetter wiki introduces one-stop shopping for all your acknowledgement needs.  This resource will include […]

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New on the wiki: astronomy degree programs

by Chris Crockett May 10, 2013

Inspired by a recent discussion on the Facebook Astronomers group, we’ve set up a new page on the wiki to provide prospective students with an overview of all the institutions that offer astronomy degrees.  Starting with data from the AAS, we’ve populated the page with a list of colleges including links to the appropriate departments and […]

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